I must admit, that half the reason I bought this six-pack of Red Hook's Audible Ale is because the label states:
"A crushable ale brewed in collaboration with Dan Patrick."
I think I heard him mention this once on his radio show, so I was curious to pick it up. And, to be honest, I'm still curious. I'm not quite sure what I make of it. I didn't care much for the aroma or the color (a few hints of hops and a rather bland yellow color that somehow reminds me of a cheap Mexican beer), and my first sip didn't wow me, either.
There's certainly nothing wrong with it. It's got a pleasant, dry flavor with a faint hint of sweetness that quickly fades. The one-finger head vanishes almost instantly at a cold temperature, but actually lingers fairly well at a cozy 55 degrees. There's not much lace to speak of, unfortunately. And, more unfortunate still, not much to say about it. The hops seem to be a little grassy, the super-teasing hint of fruit never comes to the forefront, and it just sort of sits there.
I think this is, sad to say, a rather boring American Pale Ale.
Nothing bad, but nothing great, either. It definitely doesn't live up to the hype from their Website:
"Redhook has teamed up with Dan Patrick to brew the ultimate craft beer for watching sports: plenty of flavor and aroma, and crushable enough to make you want another — without making you sloppy by halftime. So, whether you’re watching the Dan Patrick Show in your mancave, or tailgating in a parking lot, it’s time to fill your passion bucket with crushable craft. Listen to your thirst. It’s Audible."
This is an okay APA. Nothing to dwell on, but nothing to make me gag, either. In short, it's okay. I wouldn't turn it down at a party, but I won't be buying it again. BY THE WAY, temperature is very important to this beer. Drink it a little warm (around 55 degrees) and you'll enjoy it more than you would ice cold. At 55ish, the hops aroma is released a little more, and the head and mouthfeel are definitely improved.
Thoughts from the bottom of the glass:
Type: American Pale Ale
Aroma: Faint grassy hops and a hint of fruit
Hops: Grassy but mild
Malt: Light but sweet
Lace: Almost none
Mouthfeel: Dry with hints of sweet
Temeprature Sweet Spot: 55 degrees an up
My Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Most of the guys over at RateBeer.com agreed with me. This is just boring.